Dental Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays in Westminster
Dental crowns can be a very beautiful, natural looking dental restoration. J.B. Dental works with only the finest labs to create the highest quality custom crowns for our patients.
Crowns are a type of cosmetic restoration used for repairing teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay, and to improve your tooth’s shape. A crown (also called a “cap”) is cemented onto an existing tooth that fully covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. The crown therefore becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including metal, porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Each material has benefits that make it preferred depending on your dental situation. Most metal crowns are made of gold or high noble metal alloys. Before applying the crown, Dr. Bancroft will generally need to file down or shape the tooth. A strong adhesive is then applied to keep the crown in place. Porcelain crowns are generally preferred because they mimic the aesthetic translucency of natural teeth, and have a solid bond so they stay in place.
Reasons a crown may be recommended for you:
- As the replacement tooth atop a dental implant
- To protect a weak, damaged tooth
- To prevent a tooth from breaking apart due to cracks or large non-functional restorations
- To hold together a partially fractured tooth
- Restoring a tooth after a root canal
- As the support for a replacement tooth in a dental bridge
Other dental restorations may also be an option, depending on the exact issue you are facing. Inlays, onlays, and dental fillings are a few other restorations commonly used to treat damaged, decayed or weakened teeth. Dr. Bancroft is experienced in restoring teeth in a way that returns the tooth to an appearance, function and strength that mimics natural tooth properties.
What Is The Procedure Like When Getting a Crown?
As is the case with other kinds of dental treatment, everything starts with the dental examination. During your visit to J.B. Dental, Dr. Bancroft will examine your teeth and determine your specific dental needs. If a crown is determined to be the best course of treatment, she will prepare the tooth by removing the decayed portion and then build the tooth back up to optimal height with composite resin material. An impression of your tooth will be taken and sent to a dental lab for fabrication. A temporary crown will then be applied onto your tooth to keep it preserved until your permanent crown is ready. During your second visit Dr. Bancroft will remove the temporary crown and place your permanent one.
What Are Inlays, Onlays (Partial crowns)?
When a filling is not deemed strong enough, and a full crown is a considered too aggressive, inlays and onlays (partial crowns) are used. Your partial crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, allowing a dental lab technician to examine all aspects of your bite. An onlay/inlay is then sculpted just for you, so that your bite and jaw movements function as they once did before the damage to the original tooth occurred.
Partial crowns can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which will match the natural color of your teeth.
Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50%. As an alternative, partial crowns bonded directly onto the tooth using a special high-strength resin can actually increase the strength of your tooth by up to 75%. As a result, they can last from 10 to 30 years. In cases where damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown, partial crowns can provide an excellent alternative.
Is A Crown or Partial Crown Right For Me?
Visit J.B. Dental and together we’ll find the solution that best fits your unique dental situation. Call J.B. Dental in Westminster today to schedule your first appointment at (720) 458-6561.